Russia beats China, finishes third in BRICS U-17

Russia, which was the dominant side, created several chances and equalised through Koleshichenko Kirill (69th) before Substitute Chelidze Georgy scored the winner in the 84th minute.

Russia made a strong comeback after going 1-0 to China and went on to win the match 2-1.   -  PTI

Russia came from behind to down China 2-1 and finished third in the 1st BRICS U-17 football tournament at the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, here on Saturday. China, which was seen defending its citadel for most part of the match, took the lead from a penalty by Tao Qianglong in the 34th minute.

Russia, which was the dominant side, created several chances and equalised through Koleshichenko Kirill (69th) before Substitute Chelidze Georgy scored the winner in the 84th minute.

Playing under hot and humid condition, Russia found it difficult to adjust to the conditions. It started in right earnest as it made inroads and created a couple of scoring chances, but was wayward in directing its shots on target. It also failed to beat the rival keeper Qi Yuxi who did well to bring off couple of good saves.

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China also came with counter moves and earned a penalty after Huang Cong’s attempt at the goal hit Umiarov Nail’s hand inside the box and referee Tanmoy Dhar pointed to the dreaded spot. Tao Qianglong converted the chance.

Unpreturbed by the setback, Russia kept on attacking especially in the second half and finally got a breakthrough in the 69th minute when Kolesnichenko Kiril’s shot from inside the box deflected a rival player and beat leaping keeper Qi Yuxi into the net.

Substitute Chelidze Georgy, then, scored the winner with a brilliant bicycle kick that gave no chance for keeper Yuxi to react under the bar. Russia finished third with the win.

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